If many acute care hospitals struggle to protect patient privacy, long-term care organizations face their own challenges in ensuring the privacy of residents who live in their nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
In a time when so much attention is focused on issues such as cyber security and the dangers posed from evolving technology, it's easy to forget the HIPAA basics, such as the need for workforce members not to gossip or chitchat about patients with other staff members or people in the community.
Demonstrating that ePHI encryption meets the safe harbor requirements may be more difficult than it seems when planning for that inevitable breach. Full disk encryption may not be enough. Many healthcare users believe encryption software installed on mobile devices and desktops will avoid the potentially damaging breach notification. The question is: Can you prove ePHI was encrypted at the time the device was lost, accessed, or stolen? Absio Corporation may have the answer.